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Palliative Care ECHO

Program Goal

Enhance provider capacity in the use of palliative care best practices to better diagnose, manage and provide quality (high-value) care for patients with complex serious illness.

About the Palliative Care ECHO

It is suggested that about 75% of people with serious and life-limiting illness may benefit from enrollment in a palliative care program. However, despite an increasingly aging population and a global population plagued by chronic illnesses, gaps in palliative care education of the current and future health care workforce still remain. As such, the overarching challenges in this field include the shortfall of hospice and palliative medicine clinicians available to provide high-quality care to our chronically ill population and the subsequent lack of palliative care options for rural health care patients and providers. 

The Palliative Care ECHO program seeks to close this gap and address these issues by establishing a learning network of providers to increase the capacity of clinicians treating patients with complex serious illness.

Who Should Attend?

  • Providers (MD/DO, PA, NP, RN, OT, PT, ST, LPN, LCSW, etc.)
  • Medical residents, fellows, students
  • Hospital based palliative care team members
  • Palliative care team members
  • Home health providers
  • Community Health Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Providers and/or caregivers from SNF’s, long-term nursing facilities, respite centers, independent/assisted-living facilities, etc.
  • Caregivers from the group home setting
  • Anyone who is interested in learning more about providing best practice palliative care services.

Meet Our Team

  • Greg Mayer, MD
  • Joe Solien, PharmD
  • Franc Cordova, MD, FAAHPM
  • Erin Waters, MSW
  • Jenell Currence, MSN, CHPN

Program Schedule

August 25, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Overview of Palliative Care; AZPHC Program
September 8, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
The Palliative Care Team
September 22, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Pain Management
October 6, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Non-Pain Related Symptom Management
October 20, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Advance Care Planning
November 3, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Community Services/Allied Health Professionals
November 17, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
Caregiver Education, Training, and Support
December 1, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Provider Duress in Acute Care Setting
December 15, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Limitations to Connection and Communication
December 29, 2020
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Safety/Trust Concerns While Providing Direct Patient Care
January 12, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Healthcare Provider Resilience During the Pandemic
January 26, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Cumulative and/or Disenfranchised Grief
February 9, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
COVID-19: Inpatient Unit for Palliative Care
February 23, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: MAID/Physician Assisted Suicide
March 9, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: Delivering Serious News
March 23, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: Discussing Prognosis andGoals of Care
April 6, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: Conducting a Family Meeting
April 20, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: Communicating between PCP and Specialists
May 4, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Ethical Issues: Helping Children of Adult Patients
May 18, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Burnout, Self-care, and Mindfulness
June 1, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Palliative Sedation
June 15, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Specialty Care: Palliative Care for COPD Patients
June 29, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Specialty Care: Palliative Care for ESRD Patients
July 13, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Specialty Care: Pediatric Palliative Care
July 27, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Specialty Care: Interventional pain management
August 10, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Specialty Care: Hepatitis
August 24, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Dementia Care: Stages and Assessments
September 7, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Dementia Care: Common Behaviors; Prevention and Treatment
September 21, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Dementia Care: Caregiver Training and Support
October 5, 2021
Noon—1 p.m.
Dementia Care: Bowel, Bladder, Bathing

External Partners:
Hospice of the Valley
Oscar & Elsa Mayer Family Foundation

Palliative Care ECHO Contacts:
Melina Cox-Ferreras, Clinic Coordinator

Greg Mayer, Medical Director

General ECHO Inquiries:

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